The Fabulous Hammers

The Fabulous Hammers

 Seattle, Washington, USA
BandRockBlues

The original “Northwest Sound” - blazing sax, heavy organ, pounding drums and wailing guitars - that regional strain of R&B-tinged rock ‘n’ roll that was forged in the Puget Sound with hit records by The Wailers, The Sonics, The Viceroys, Dave Lewis, The Dynamics, The Kingsmen, and others.

Biography

We are the Fabulous Hammers - the sound of wailing guitars, blazing sax, pounding drums and heavy organ. We have played the Northwest Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center – headlining the Rhythm and Blues Review, to the KZOK Stage at the Taste of Tacoma, to the LouieFest with the Fabulous Wailers, the Wallingford and Mercer Island Seafair celebrations, Blues to Do TV, and lots of great local pubs.

Our Sax and Organ driven lineup evokes the original “Northwest Sound” - that regional strain of R&B-tinged rock ‘n’ roll that was forged decades ago (ca. 1957-1964) in various Puget Sound-area towns with hit records by bands like The Wailers, The Sonics, The Viceroys, Dave Lewis, The Dynamics, The Kingsmen, and others.

Our debut CD - chock full of new rockin’ tunes with hints of the blues – has been reviewed in the Washington Blues Society Bluesletter and Blue Suede News, a national rockabilly magazine.

"Nice to hear some Northwest Classics done in an authentic fashion." Jeffrey Beals, longtime member of the mid-1960s Kingsmen.

"The Fabulous Hammers are re-creating a part of the NW music story that I've heard so much about and did not live thru myself." Marlee Walker, host of Blues to Do TV, previous dj at KEXP and KPLU.

“Rather than attempting to recreate a long-gone day, these guys successfully resurrect the best elements of a music-form still held in great esteem by many fans -- but they do it with a modern sensibility and the full-on energy of today.” Pete Blecha, author of the new book SONIC BOOM: The History of Northwest Rock and longtime curator at Seattle's rock 'n' roll museum, the Experience Music Project.

"I listened to the CD. I had an image of being in a bachelor pad in 1963 with this music playing. Oh yeah, Rod Serling is standing in the corner..." Dale Rawson, Milwaukee, producer, studio owner.

"If you like the instrumental sounds of early-mid 60's Soul and R&B as well as rock, then you're sure to like The Fabulous Hammers"
Jeff Hofman KSER 90.7 FM Everett WA Dusties Saturday's 5-7 PM (PST)

“You guys were the epitome of professionalism. Truly. You are also one of the best bands I put up. We absolutely want you back to play with us in the sunshine if you'll do it.” Merri L. Sutton, Production Director, LouieFest '07.

Discography

Our Latest CD, "Pikesville" is available now at select record stores in Seattle and Direct from the band. It has been reviewed both locally and in national magazines.

Set List

Our sets inlcude originals, most from our Pikesville CD, and some chestnuts from the best NW bands.